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October 26, 2009 8:30 AM, EDT

Gasoline Jumps 18¢ in Two Weeks, to $2.66 a Gallon

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Regular gasoline jumped 18 cents in the past two weeks to a national average $2.66 a gallon, according to the latest Lundberg Survey of fuel prices.

The rise left the price about 12 cents below the same time last year, analyst Trilby Lundberg said in her twice-monthly survey, which was released Sunday.

Mid-grade rose 17 cents to $2.78 and premium jumped 27 cents to $2.90, Lundberg said.

The lowest price was in Cheyenne, Wyo., at $2.16, while Anchorage, Alaska, had the highest, at $3.23 per gallon.

Oil prices have spiked in the past two weeks to more than $80 a barrel for the first time in a year. Prices held over $80 on the New York Mercantile Exchange early Monday, Bloomberg reported.

The Department of Energy will release its weekly survey of diesel and gasoline prices Monday afternoon in Washington.